Brooklyn Raga Massive will launch its Pioneer Works residency with a special concert celebration, a retrospective of it’s popular and joyful Africa/India Series. For over a year now, Brooklyn Raga Massive, NYC Radio LIve and Afro Roots Music Nights teamed up to bring African and Indian artists together for a popular series of monthly concerts. These shows have included great musicians including collaborations with Mali’s Yacouba Cissoko, the Moroccan group Innove Gnawa and the OM Gam Ensemble. The majority of these have been archived on the podcastwww.nycradiolive.org and broadcast on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY.
For Feb 3rd’s special triple bill, we will be presenting the legendary “golden voice of Mali,” Awa Sangho, supported by the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars, the fresh new electro-acoustic Kora/Tabla duo Orakel made up of Kane Mathis and Roshni Samlal and the original band in this new genre Afrika Meets India, led by Kevin Nathaniel on Mbira and Eric Fraser on Bansuri. Additional musicians involved in the evening include, Giancarlo Luigi, percussion, David Ellenbogen, guitar, Sameer Gupta, tabla, Daniel Moreno, Percussion, Joshua Geisler, Bansuri; Salieu Suso, Kora, Michael Gam, Bass, Neel Murgai, Sitar, Arun Ramamurthy, Violin and other special guests.